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think the energy independence in america is a huge theme going forward. there are other themes that are not dependent on the policy, as well. this obesity thing with my generation going into the diabetes year, the diabetes stocks, the handle diabetes, i think it's a very investable theme with long legs. >> steven, let me take it over to you. we had an expiration at the end of the day today. what did you see at the close? >> as you might expect, we saw enormous volume. it didn't move stocks that much. we stayed within the range of the day. 1422 is as clowe as they ever got. you did see some volatility, but nothing like we saw in the overnight futures markets. you saw enormous volume. but things did stabilize. the technology stocks, the financials, those kind of names. and it's been good, like the transports and the utilities are always safe haven. they turned up a little bit, but not so bad. it was a general risk off day, but nothing like the expected coming in. >> and where do you see conviction, steven, when you're watching all the flows and committed buyers out there? where d
if america shoots itself in the foot, if you will, and goes over this fiscal cliff? >> you know, fiscal cliff is a situation which is very much looked at from the european side because if america goes well, the world goes well, and we hope that this solution will be found, but we're really very much used to last-minute negotiations in our parliamentary governance. maybe the u.s. is not used as much to the last minute, last night, so we're very confident that a solution will be found. >> you think we will get a solution in the 11th hour? >> absolutely. >> that's how america normally does, it i guess. let me ask you. interesting to look around the world and see austerity everywhere you look. we're looking at this subject, whether it's in the united states, in italy, throughout europe. give us your sense of what's going on with the debt situation in italy right now. news today, of course, that the public debt rose above 2 trillion euro for the first time in october. can the government get the debt under control in italy? >> you know, we started to manage our spending review last year when govern
and we're b bungee jumping. the markets have done well. the fundamentals in corporate america have been way better than the economy. earnings growth and revenue growth in the s&p 500 has dramatically slowed since the second quarter. i think unfortunately one thing people are missing is that the uncertainty today is going to show up in the fundamentals in the first quarter, maybe even the first half of 2013. we still have a lot of issues in europe. andrea merkel has to get elected in the second half of next year. that's going to make it difficult for any pro-growth solutions to appear in europe. i think, frankly, i'm not that confident that the market hasn't already positively priced in a fiscal cliff resolution. i think the first half is like a bungee jump. >> so dan, cut through all of that, right. if we could put aside trying to forecast where the s&p is going to be, where the dow is going to be, regardless of where the markets in general are going to be, i believe you have stock picks for us. name what they are and will they be able to perform regardless of the macro environment? >>
hope we learn it this time. >> the executives at aig, lehman brothers, bank of america, countrywide mortgage had nothing to do with this. this was all the government's fault. >> the government created the conditions where they did what they did, and if the government had kept a stable dollar you never would have needed this currency trading, default swaps and the like, so when you have a bad environment, people try to adjust to it, and the crazy things happen. in the 1970s, ail went from $3 to $40 a barrel and when we conquered the inflation and went back down, and we should do the same thing today. stable dollar, like 60 minutes an hour, thinking that changing minutes in an hour will help stimulate the economy, no. we need stability. >> gentlemen, you have very sufficiently filled eight minutes and i'm sure you could have filled 18 had we given them to you. >> two smart guys with two very different opinions. >> good to see you both. >> thanks. >> see you later. >> thanks for joining us. manpower survey shows businesses will continue to hire in the first quarter of next year with th
should take that money and put it to work. simply because when you look at corporate america, the average company, bill, is generating a 16% to 17% return on equity, record free cash margins and a federal reserve that has the pedal to the metal. what you and i have talked about before repeatedly, $4 in taxes for every dollar in phantom spending cuts. that's fiscal irritation, but the health of corporate america will be what ultimately prevails. >> sounds like david has been reading your book, rick santelli. >> it does. >> big fan of rick. >> this is such a perverse world we live in, okay. let's look as what's happening. down 158 in stocks and that pushed the ten-year yield under 170, okay. >> really. let me get this straight. they can't get a deal on controlling out-of-control debt, so rates go down. i used to trade during graham/rudman and i remember when they couldn't get deficit conversations right, treasuries went down and stocks went down. oh, would i love to get back to that type of reality. >> yeah. but you had a different guy at the federal reserve at the time. >> yeah, a differen
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